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Philippe Clement hints at major restructuring at Rangers ahead of Hibernian clash

Recently appointed Rangers manager Philippe Clement has hinted at a major restructuring at the club, with the manager keen to hit the ground running.

Clement arrived at Ibrox two days ago, replacing Michael Beale, who was handed his marching orders nearly a year after taking the job.

Beale’s departure stemmed from the club’s disappointing start to the season that left them trailing arch-nemesis Celtic by seven points at the Scottish Premiership summit.

The former Queens Park Rangers manager failed to earn the trust and support of the fans before the hierarchy decided to switch things up in the dugout.

Clement arrived at Rangers on the back of a mixed one-and-a-half-year spell with AS Monaco

He led the club to a third-place finish in Ligue 1 but failed to steer them into the Champions League group stages, bowing out to PSV Eindhoven in the qualifying play-offs.

However, he has been identified as the man to turn Rangers’ fortunes around, and the manager has already expressed his desire to make changes at the club.

“I believe in the potential that this club has,” Clement said at a press conference. “I believe also that the people I talked with last couple of weeks, it was a really genuine talk, really clear.

“I spoke with them about the things I thought, by seeing the games, that could have been better – we were aligned about that.

“We spoke about sporting director, what the role is, how it needs to be aligned also with the manager, so we talked about a lot of things.

“That gave me the feeling that this is the right club to be. We know we have a lot of work to do, but we are very motivated to change several things as fast as possible.”

Clement will make his debut when club football resumes at the weekend, with Rangers set to welcome mid-table Hibernian to Ibrox.

The Gers cannot afford any more slip-ups in their quest to dethrone Celtic, who are yet to taste defeat in the Premiership this season.

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